by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com (Photo courtesy of Tatame.com.br)
With an undefeated record of 9-0 and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Thales Leites is considered one of the most promising middleweight prospects in MMA. The Nova Uniao fighter was originally scheduled to make his UFC debut against Nathan Marquardt on the undercard of Ortiz vs Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter. However, Leites was unable to make it to the U.S. due complications in obtaining a visa.
Leites has confirmed with MMAWeekly that he will finally make his UFC debut against Cage Warriors middleweight champion Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann. The two fighters will meet during the Ultimate Fighter season 4 finale on November 11th.
The Brazilian fighter found out he was going to face Kampmann one month ago. “I am training hard and I will be 100% for this fight,” said Leites.
Kampmann has already made one successful appearance in the UFC, submitting Crafton Wallace at Ultimate Fight Night 6. A former Danish Thai boxing champion, Martin will be a formidable opponent for Leites. “I think he is very explosive and has good stamina,” commented Leites. “He knows how to fight standing and on the ground. He is a dangerous opponent.”
The up-and-coming Leites holds wins over Ronald Jhun, Gustavo Machado, and Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons. He has trained with former UFC champion BJ Penn and fights out of Nova Uniao, also home to Joao Roque and Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro.
Unable to make his UFC debut earlier this month, Leites was confident there would be no complications with his trip to the states. “I got my visa this time. Everything is okay now.”